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Derivative of Field-Operator and Vector-Potential

  1. Jan 15, 2014 #1

    I regard field-operators, whereby [itex]\Psi[/itex] is a fermionic-annihilation-operator and

    [itex]\vec{A(\vec{r})}[/itex] is an electromagnetic-vector-potential.

    Is it possible to do the following step?

    \nabla \vec{A} \Psi =\Psi \nabla \vec{A} + \vec{A}\nabla\Psi

    And if its correct, why?

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  3. Jan 15, 2014 #2
    Ok I think I got a Solution.
    If I consider Coulomb Gauge

    \nabla \vec{A}=0
    and I can write
    \nabla \vec{A} \Psi = \vec{A}\nabla\Psi
  4. Jan 17, 2014 #3


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    \nabla\cdot( \vec{A} \Psi) =(\nabla\cdot \vec{A})\Psi + \vec{A}\cdot\nabla\Psi
    by the product rule for derivatives. If you like, you can move [itex]\Psi[/itex] to the left in the first term, since [itex]\Psi[/itex] and [itex]\vec A[/itex] commute.
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